And no, I have never been shot at in a war... I have been shot at quite a few times on my way to school, or on my way home !
You must be snark adams... and you must be dying of curiosity.
And one more thing... My parents "baptized" me as a Muslim... my parents are not Muslim themselves. For that reason (and for others) I have quite a few thoughts on Kashmir, but I doubt you will ever understand!!
Actually, I dont know yet... I am torn, and I wont make up my mind until the very end!
And yes... it will be the first time I ever vote. I never got to vote in India (the requirements there are that you must vote in your hometown...which sorta precludes students), and it is too hard to vote from overseas !!
Some of you may recall a diary I had done called Buddha weeps in Jadugoda that talked about Uranium mining in a region where I grew up.
The documentary filmmaker is a classmate of mine (although, our class sizes were huge ~ 320 students, and I have no recollection of him).
Anyways, he just emailed me that he is going to be in the US, as part of a US Dept of State program for emerging documentary filmmakers. You are welcome to contact him, if you are in the cities listed below.
His name is Shri Prakash (the hotels may have him listed as SriPrakash... he does not use a last name).
A Regional Project for South and Central Asia Documentary Filmmaking
August 27 - September 16, 2008
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Office of International Visitors
Mr. Brad Minnick, Director
Characteristics of the Participants
This project is designed for filmmakers, directors, producers, broadcasters, distributors, academics and technicians involved in the documentary film industry.
* To provide an overview of the documentary film industry in the U.S., including its historical evolution, current trends, and the impact of new technologies;
* To attend film festivals that screen documentary, independent and feature film and video;
* To examine documentary film as a means of social, political and cultural commentary and as an expression of free speech;
* To visit academic institutions and organizations whose mission is to train and mentor those involved in the film industry; and
* To network with and to explore collaborative efforts of filmmakers, broadcasters, distributors, academics, technicians, film festival directors, philanthropists and financial managers.
The project will open in Washington, DC, and will highlight the city's key historic and cultural sights. During meetings with leaders of various documentary film organizations, the visitors will explore the ways in which films are funded in the U.S.
From Washington, DC, the participants will travel to Telluride, Colorado to attend the prestigious Telluride Film Festival.
After leaving Telluride, the group will travel to San Francisco, California to visit film universities, libraries and archives. The visitors will meet with representatives of television network productions and film distributors. Meetings at film schools and libraries will provide an opportunity to review academic art programs for filmmakers. Finally, the delegation will examine film preservation and archiving.
The visitors will then travel to Chicago, Illinois, where they will discuss current trends in documentary filmmaking, art programs for documentary filmmakers and independent television production.
While in New York, New York, the visitors will meet with representatives of academic film institutions to discuss programs for documentary filmmakers and film distribution. The group will also shadow students who are in the process of producing a documentary film. The group will explore innovative art programs promoting understanding, tolerance and global awareness
in Telluride from 28-2 sept
Telluride Mountain Lodging
3335 Davis street
Telluride, Colorado- 81435
tel 888- 728-1950
Sanfancicsco from 2-7th sept
222 Mason street
San Francissco 94102
tel 415 394 1111
Chicago 7-11 sept
Hampton Inn & Suites - Down Town Chicago
33 W, Illinois street
Chicago, Illinois- 60610
tel 312 832 0330
New York 11- 17th
Times Square North
851 8th Ave New york, NY 10019
212 581 4100